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Mr. Earle now offering up Bill Maher as a source of his 'facts'

To The Daily Sun,

Once again, in his most recent letter, Steve Earle validates my opinion that he is not so much interested in facts and the truth as he is in perpetuating a lie.

In keeping with the traditions of Joseph Goebbels, he and the right-wing hope that by keeping the lie alive more people will come to believe it. He would rather see President Obama maligned by lies rather than be represented by truth because, as Goebbels states, "Truth is the mortal enemy of the lie."

Earle is predisposed to trust the worst and believe that the administration would do horrible things and then conspire to cover them up. So anything that provides evidence, including the lengthy Republican-led House Intelligence Committee Benghazi report, after all the build-up, hype, and squandering millions of taxpayer dollars, is going to be rejected by Earle, who will resist any facts that complicate his view of reality and the right-wing agenda.

Despite reaffirming the findings of numerous previous investigations, conservatives won't accept the findings and want more investigations. Earle proclaims, "We the people want answers." While I'm not sure who these "people" are. I'm sure they won't be satisfied until they get the "right" answers.

In the past, I've mentioned Earle's statement, "I don't have to prove anything." In his letter, he fabricates a story about President Obama and lies, when in actuality he was responding to my questioning his sources and integrity. He furthers his lie by attributing to me a statement that "Obama didn't lie", a statement I never made, but "the world already knows." It must be the "world" according to Earle.

Earle is now offering up Bill Maher, a political satirist, as a source for his "facts". The comedian, responding to the deadly attack on a French satirical magazine, stated, "I know most Muslim people would not have carried out an attack like this," but "hundreds of millions of Muslims applaud these terrorist attacks." While Maher is a step up from Fox News, I would still question his sources — or maybe he doesn't have to prove anything. Maher has also stated that caring for minorities, women, the oppressed and downtrodden are "liberal principles". If we are to believe, as Earle does, that Maher is a source of "facts", we then can assume that liberals have cornered the market on caring for others and that conservatives are apparently incapable of doing so.

L.J. Siden


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Some of the worst ideas in the world have come from religion

To The Daily Sun,

I enjoyed Professor Cracraft's op-ed the other day and commend him for trying to educate conservative Christians, or any Christian for that matter. A good Catholic friend of mine once recommended that I don't write about religion in this media because I would be arguing "apples and oranges", as he put it.

You see Christians have had a "personal experience" with the Lord, and unless one has had the same, it would be useless to discuss anything with them. My friend is a convert to the faith and therefore is, shall we say, a bit more energetic in his beliefs. He liked to refer to me as a "cradle Catholic," meaning I was born into it, so therefore did not understand my own religion since I had a "child's perspective" on it. Whatever. He failed to take into account that I was Catholic until early adulthood.

We've all had these personal experiences with the Lord at one time or another and as we mature we begin to recognize that they are nothing more than chemical reactions in the brain — at least many of us do. A year ago I touched on the topic of religion and got a quick response from a so-called teacher of the Bible from Franklin who warned me that I was verging on "blasphemy" — it bordered on a threat. One should never argue religion with an atheist — especially Bible thumpers.

It's one thing to memorize a catechism and brainwash children about "talking snakes", but quite another to investigate holy texts with a critical eye. Some of the worst ideas in the world have come from religion.

Blasphemy is one of them. It is a notion that some ideas are off limits to criticism. By definition, criticism of these ideas is an outrage and it is this emotion that the crime of blasphemy evokes in believers. The idea that blasphemy must be prevented or avenged has caused millions of murders over the centuries and countless other horrors.

Here's the bottom line in my humble opinion: Christians need to face up to the fact of their own mortality. If they need to fabricate stories and invent jewel encrusted sidewalks and streets paved with gold, then fine. Whatever it takes to help them with the journey. They should, however, refrain from imposing their insecurities onto others.

George Maloof


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